“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.* Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.** And don’t bother concealing your thievery- celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “it’s not where you take things from- it’s where you take them to.***”

-Jim Jarmusch


* Given my beliefs regarding intellectual property rights (property rights in general) I’d sub out all this misleading language of ‘stealing’ and ‘thievery’ for language that gives me the warm-n-fuzzies,  like the concepts of ‘borrowing’ and ‘sharing’ to ‘co-create’ and ‘glorify a greater good’. Mmmhmm, we’re all sharing ideas and building bridges and lots of love and sunflowers and hippie shit all over the place. Live it. Love it.

** ‘Originality is non-existent’ = Jim, Jim, Jim…you had me at ‘Originality is..’. But this is gutsy claim, a wee bit too gutsy for my blood..

***What a great quote! What a great idea to try, and to try the idea on the idea, mmhmm more warm-n-fuzzies. With a start like this, it’s going-to-got-to-be a glorious day.


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